11 But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke(A) of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live(B) there, declares the Lord.”’”

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Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, took an oath to reassure them and their men. “Do not be afraid to serve(A) the Babylonians,[a](B)” he said. “Settle down in the land and serve the king of Babylon, and it will go well with you.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 40:9 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 10